Moses instructed Israel, "Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the Lord thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt . . . the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the Lord thy God brought thee out: so shall the Lord thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid" (Deuteronomy 7:18-19).
What a powerful message! Moses was reminding the Israelites, "No matter what enemies you face, God has promised you victory over them all. He delivered your fathers from Pharaoh, and he will do the same for you today!"
"Remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life" (Deuteronomy 16:3). "Thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt" (verse 12).
Moses' cry to the people was, "Remember the past! If you think you're having a difficult time here in the wilderness, think about all the terrors you faced in Egypt. Don't forget what life was like when you were all slaves. And remember everything God did to deliver you from it all!"
The prophet Isaiah also spoke God's Word to a people who were full of fear. This was at a time when Israel was convinced God had forsaken them, but Isaiah assured them:
"Who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; and forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? And where is the fury of the oppressor?" (Isaiah 51:12-13).
God said through the prophet, "The reason you're afraid is because you have forgotten who I am. You are looking only at your troubles and have forgotten that My hand is still on your life!"
You may have trouble remembering God's miracles in your life. You may think, "My life has been one long, hard nightmare. How can I remember God's miracles when I haven't experienced them?"
Our experiences can inspire faith, but they are not meant to be the foundation of our faith. That is why God's Word always points us toward what Jesus has done. We are to remember His victory on the cross and cling to it by faith. He alone empowers us to victory, by His Spirit.